CARAS is committed to a transparent and collaborative approach. Consequently:
Meetings at all levels are open to all members of CARAS to observe with confidential items such as HR or safeguarding reserved for the final agenda item.
There will be a 10 minute ‘open forum’ at the start of each meeting.
Agendas for strategic team and trustee meetings are shared in the bulletin and in projects with invitation for comment.
Redacted minutes from strategic team and trustee meetings are available to all CARAS members on request.
Trustees will be people with experience in finance, management, HR, safeguarding, RAS background, community work.
Trustees are elected annually at the AGM. New trustees can also be co-opted throughout the year.
Trustees will complete the CARAS trustee induction programme.
Trustees will visit the organisation and have an opportunity to meet with the staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.
All salaried staff members are automatically members of the strategic team.
The strategic team must at all times have a non-staff membership of over 50%.
The non-staff element will be made up of CARAS volunteers and beneficiaries.
There must be at all times at least one beneficiary on the strategic team.
New members of the strategic team will be elected by the strategic team.
Strategic team members will complete the CARAS strategic team induction programme.
All staff, interns and office-based volunteers are members of the operational team.